A big congrats to Mike "Timex" McDonald who won the EPT Malta High Roller (his first-ever High Roller title) yesterday! According to PokerStars Blog, McDonald, Juha Helppi and Nick Petrangelo started discussing a potential deal when they were the last remaining three players of 63 entrants.
A total of 295 players (+98 re-entries) entered the High Roller to make it the by far richest HR-event in European Poker Tour history! There are 21 survivors after two days of play and Amir Barer, winner of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event, will lead the way into Day 3 with 1.953 million in chips.
Day 3 began with 16 players on 4 four-handed tables and was supposed to continue until only four players remained, but the day was still young when four players remained so the action continued until Dan O'Brien and Darko Stojanovic were the last men standing.
When 63 players sat down at the tables and Day 3 kicked off, the tournament director had a plan to get as close to 12 players as possible. But in the end there were still 24 remaining players, and the man with the biggest pile of poker chips was the same as when the day started, Philipp Gruissem.
Day 2 of World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris has now come to an end. The day started with 143 players (we got the numbers wrong yesterday) and ended with 63 after some really exciting and wonderful four levels of poker.
Philipp "Philbort" Gruissem will bring the largest stack (280,600) to the tables today, and there are many well-known faces with healthy stacks in the remaining squad. Just to mention a few: Juha Helppi (222,800), Faraz Jaka (157,400), Jason Mercier (140,700), David Benyamine (137,600) and Theo Jorgensen (126,900).
The money bubble will burst when 27 players remain - all players will then be guaranteed at least $17,154 each. The winner of the tournament will take home bank-busting $515,720, and the runner-up gets $341,149!
The second day of the WPT Grand Prix de Paris main event saw a field of 228 players. It was a very slow day, with nobody really willing to put their entire stack at risk. On the final 30-minute level, five or six players had about 100k each and battled for the top spot.
As many predicted, Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event attracted a much bigger player-field than Day 1a. In total, 215 players arrived at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen yesterday and battled it out for seven levels of play.
The day ended with a local player in the lead, Mads Wissing, who managed to accumulate 127,575 chips. A few familiar poker players who also made it through Day 1b: Johnny Lodden, Anton Wigg, Luca Pagano, Juha Helppi, Arnaud Mattern and home town here Theo Jorgensen.
Three days of the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event is now in the books, and tomorrow 47 players will continue the tough road towards the final table where a 1 million euro 1st prize is up for grabs. Chip leader is the PokerStars-sponsored pro Juan Maceiras with 800,000 chips. But there are a few more players with similar stacks, so it won't be easy for the Spanish poker pro.
The 2 biggest names with chips left are Juha Helppi and Sam Trickett. Sam Trickett is in 10th place at the moment, and Helppi can be found a bit further down in the field. Let's hope that at least one of them makes it through to the final table. It would defiantly add to the thrill!
101 players still have chips left in the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event. 63 of them will receive a share from the prize pool and the winner will take home €1 million. Now, the biggest names that will return today are Juha Helppi, Sam Tricket, Freddy Deeb and David Vamplew. But unfortunately none of them are in the very top of the field.
In a big chip lead is Oleksii Kovalchuk, from Ukraine, with 892,500. Kovalchuk is not a newcomer in the poker scene even though his name probably isn't familiar to most people. At this year's WSOP he took home the $2,500 NLH 6-max event, and earlier this year he also took home an event on the Russian Poker Tour and the IPT tour.
76 out of 243 players who started Day 2 are now through to Day 3 of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, which will start in a few hours. Notable players that have made it to Day 3 with decent stacks are Team PokerStars pro's Peter Eastgate (302,000 - 9th place) and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (243,800 - 16th place). 2 other big names can be found further down in the field, Juha Helppi & Anette Obrestad. In the lead is Csaba Toth with 561,900 chips. Almost 150k chips behind him are Fabian Gentile (413,300 - 2nd place) and Stig Rossen (411,200 - 3rd place).
56 of the remaining 76 players will get a piece of the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
232 came to start in Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. 138 players made it through the day and will now join the other 113 players (from Day 1a) today when Day 2 of the tournament kicks off. Peter Eastgate, the 2008 WSOP CHAMP, played very well in Day 1b of the tournament as he managed to accumulate 128,300 chips (4th place). A few other notable players that played very well in Day 1b of the tournament were Sebastian Ruthenberg (130,000 - 3rd place), Juha Helppi (120,600 - 6th place), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (113,700 - 14th place).
Further down in the field are Ramzi Jelassi, (Swedish poker pro - lots of great live tournament results), Luca Pagano (Italian PokerStars pro & probably the most successful EPT player ever?), and Tomas Brolin, the Swedish ex-football pro who has played in many EPT events in the past few years - without good results.
The 232 players who have made it to Day 2 will now fight for a piece from the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
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